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Two ODU Events Highlight Service, Sacrifice for Veterans' Day

Two ceremonies will be held on the Old Dominion University campus to mark Veterans' Day on November 11, the traditional Veteran's Day program on Kaufman Mall, and a special event for area families whose soldier mom or dad is deployed around the world, featuring United States Senator Mark Warner.

The Veteran's Day Service Event will be held in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., prior to ODU's official Veterans' Day program, which begins at 12:30 p.m.

The Veteran's Day Service Event is co-sponsored by Blue Star Families, a nonprofit that supports families of deployed service members, and Mission Serve, a civilian-military coalition connecting civilian and military families through a broad array of service and volunteer partnerships.

Participants in the event will pack gift bags (donated by WalMart) for military families with deployed service members. The bags will be given to families at holiday parties on local military instillations, including the Norfolk Naval Base.

"Blue Star Families is very excited to be able to help organize this Veterans Day service event with Service Nation to support our military families, especially here at ODU which is located in Norfolk, home to the world's largest Naval Base," said Vivian Greentree, director of research and policy for Blue Star Families, and a military spouse herself.

"BSF's recent Military Family Lifestyle Survey highlighted the extraordinary levels of volunteerism within the military community and ODU is a perfect setting for this collaboration to honor our veterans and support our military families by promoting service and engagement."

Greentree also teaches a course in Foundations of Public Service at ODU for the new minor in public service offered by the College of Business and Public Administration. Her class will attend the event as an assignment.

The ODU event is one of 20 being held across the country on Veterans' Day by Blue Star Families and Mission Serve.

At 12:30, the official Veterans' Day program begins on Kaufman Mall with a singing of "America the Beautiful" and presentation of colors by ODU's ROTC cadets.

Old Dominion President John R. Broderick will make remarks, and the ceremony's keynote speaker will be retired Rear Admiral Craig Quigley. Quigley is executive director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, a public-private partnership dedicated to attracting, retaining and growing federal facilities in the region.

A career naval officer, Quigley served 27 years on active duty, achieving the rank of rear admiral and serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs at the Pentagon.

The event will conclude with a wreath-laying ceremony and a moment of silence for service members who have lost their lives around the world, protecting America's freedom.

This article was posted on: November 11, 2010

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